Share your story with us
My name is Ogechi Esimai. Growing up in an African setting where boys were conceived of better value than girls made me realize I have got to do two things always 1. Think smartly 2. Bring my A-game on by doing extra. In 2010, I made one of the best decisions to work as a Volunteer Lifeskills Development Teacher in a world Bank Project in Lagos Public Schools called Eko Project. It gave me the opportunity to visit over 60 Schools and coach directly over 60,000 children from 2010 to 2015. I discovered that the innovative thinking, solution mindset and practical skills needed to grow into successful adults were not part of the school curriculum. The schools used ROTELEARNING which only makes children to read and pass exams or see learning as something that ended in the classrooms. That’s a high poverty enabler.
I started TAW ACADEMY to redefine learning for an African Child. TAW Academy designs fun and innovative learning tools that improve learning outcomes and develop Success Skills in children ages 0 to 18. We create tools that translate learning as fun, engaging, skills and Solutions based, outrightly leading to reduced adult poverty. We create products (Board Games, Think Tools, Life Skills App) that promote quality Education(SDG4) as a Poverty Reduction (SDG1) Tool.
Your JAMII Femmes adventure
My JAMII experience is an amazing one. First I liked that it focused on empowering African women. Then and most importantly was the Honoris Personal development and Entrepreneurial Courses. Each of the modules was like gold tailored to each part of my business and self growth. I like how practical and participative they were. I like that the Facilitators have experienced what they are teaching. I appreciate the quizzes checking for my understanding to make sure I gained the expected knowledge. It was a great experience. I am using the knowledge gained in my business. One more thing, the President of WIA, Hafsat Abiola taught me one lifetime lesson the day we met her in her country home: “The woman by your side is an opportunity, not a competition; don’t let looks and wears distract you from gaining from the opportunity”
Votre aventure JAMII Femmes
Mon expérience JAMII fut extraordinaire. Tout d’abord, j’ai aimé le fait qu’elle se concentre sur l’autonomisation des femmes africaines. Ensuite, et c’est le plus important, il y a eu les cours Honoris de développement personnel et d’entrepreneuriat. Chacun des modules était adapté à aux besoins de mon entreprise et de mon développement personnel. J’ai apprécié leur caractère pratique et participatif, surtout le fait que les formateurs aient expérimenté ce qu’ils enseignent. C’était une expérience formidable. Je pratique les connaissances acquises dans mon entreprise. Par ailleurs, la présidente de WIA, Hafsat Abiola, m’a enseigné une leçon de vie le jour où nous l’avons rencontrée dans sa maison de campagne : “La femme à vos côtés est une opportunité, pas une concurrente ; ne vous laissez pas distraire par l’apparence, saisissez l’opportunité quand elle se présente.
Finally, please give us a quote about your motivation, your vision of Africa or your personal ambitions
To live is to give. Impact is my goal. Success is that many become because I became. My vision for Africa is to empower at least 3 million African children per year with skill and Solution based learning. Think smart. Bring your A game on always.